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The Water Cycle FREE Printable Worksheets and Teaching Resources

Updated on December 14, 2014

Teaching resources for The Water Cycle

On this page you will find Free printable worksheets and teaching resources for the Water Cycle.These resources were very hard to find and are the actual resources I used for teaching the children about the water cycle. Including a printable water cycle diagram, printable worksheets, pictures and labeled diagrams, On line interactive flash water cycle videos, all excellent teaching resources for your class to learn The Water Cycle all these resources are free.

Water is One of our Earths most precious resources. Teaching about the water cycle is becoming a more and more important part of the curriculum.

With Seventy percent of Earth being covered by water.

In the atmosphere, rivers, oceans, groundwater, and elsewhere on Earth or 326 million cubic miles of water. With statistics like this, children are easily confused as to why the Earths Water resources are so precious,.

When teaching about our environmental issues, I found it a tricky subject to cover due to the subconscious thought that water is all around us, Why do we need to preserve it? the children would ask.

I also found it the most fun of subjects to teach.

Here I have included free to download resources, activities, videos, enabling you to have a wealth of information on one page.

Intro Picture Credit: By The Odd Git (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Water Cycle Teaching resources

A fantastic hands on resource small books for the students, I highly recommend this for all elemetery school children.

Making fun learning.

Eco Schools Water Cycle -REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE
Eco Schools Water Cycle -REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE

Steps of the Water Cycle

Why do we need to explain the water cycle

Less than one percent of our useable water is present in rivers, lakes, and groundwater: we use these sources for our drinking water.

And this is the message we need to get across to the students, where does our water go? Why is only such a small about available to use. And how important is it that we begin to look at our lifestyle choices, to help conserve our natural water supply.

Water is one of the 9 Topics covered for Achieving the Green Flag from Eco Schools, Foundation for Environmental Education FEE. I was fortunate enough to work with Eco Schools and we became one of the first schools to be recognised as "Green" whether you just use the resources for your classroom, or actually follow the Green Flag criteria, it is a fabulous interative way to engage the children.

Picture Credit: available to Buy from Glass Bottles

What is the Water Cycle - video for teachers to use to explain the Water Cycle

This video, uses a well known tune to explain the Water Cycle in action

Teach The Water Cycle Song: (to the tune of She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain)

"Water travels in a cycle, yes it does.

Water travels in a cycle, yes it does. It goes up as evaporation,

the clouds make condensation,

it rains down precipitation,

yes it does."

The Water Cycle Teaching resources

Fun factual, and engaging, everything the student needs to learn.

Cheap Water Cycle Charts - Ideal pictures to compliment your water cycle projects

Learning about Water - Activities for kids

The water cycle
The water cycle

This is a water saving project my daughter made, then the children were allowed to bring them home and made us follow her water saving Tips.

A piece of A2 paper flooded into 3 sections, and each designed by the child into a leaflet.

Water cycle videos

animated online water cycle tutorials

With my daughter becoming frustrated with all the terms to understand I found this video, and it was fun to watch too.

This is a fantastic video 3 minutes long to watch for the class, and does it very simply. Using 2 kids looking at the rain and wondering if their football match would be on the next day or would the rain make it too wet.

Water Cycle Scholastic Video

An online explanation of the Water cycle - I highly recommend this especially if you have the use of computers, or white board resources

Free - Water Cycle Printable Worksheets

Diagram of the water cycle worksheet for students

The main Learning Outcomes

A FREE Water Cycle diagram to label available from

Enchanted Learning ©2001-2010

Accumulation - the process in which water pools in large bodies (like oceans, seas and lakes).

Condensation - the process in which water vapor (a gas) in the air turns into liquid water. Condensing water forms clouds in the sky. Water drops that form on the outside of a glass of icy water are condensed water. (This term appears twice in the diagram.)

Evaporation - the process in which liquid water becomes water vapor (a gas). Water vaporizes from the surfaces of oceans and lakes, from the surface of the land, and from melts in snow fields.

Precipitation - the process in which water (in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail) falls from clouds in the sky.

Subsurface Runoff - rain, snow melt, or other water that flows in underground streams, drains, or sewers.

Surface Runoff - rain, snow melt, or other water that flows in surface streams, rivers, or canals.

Transpiration - the process in which some water within plants evaporates into the atmosphere. Water is first absorbed by the plant's roots, then later exits by evaporating through pores in the plant.


Enchanted Learning ©2001-2010

Printable worksheets and Diagram of the water cycle

The water cycle

Use this blank sheet for the students to fill in the Water Cycle process

Water Cycle Teaching resources and Lesson Plans

PDFs to download with no sign up- Free online

Great ideas for using in the classroom - Free

It was always great to have a couple of resources online to be able to get a few ideas from, especially around the holiday times, I have added in some great time fillers on a few holiday subjects all with free resources here for you. That I used many times in the classrooms to keep the kids busy

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      Thanks for providing this material.

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      chenraz1 4 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas and materials - very helpful :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very helpful thanks

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      michaelangelo1 4 years ago

      this is very interesting stuff thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      @mommyplus3kids: Brilliant Love to hear this!

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      mommyplus3kids 4 years ago

      Definitely using it in science class for the kids.

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      Marcel White 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful tool to help the younger ones understand how important water is and why we shouldn't waste it. Nice job.

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      This is perfect for Brownie Girl Scout leaders who are doing the Wonders of Water Journey!

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      This is such a helpful material for children.

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      Teaching children this way is fun-filled and engaging. And enjoyment is the biggest factor that make kids learn fast.

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      Thanks for sharing your very informative lens.

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      Kim Milai 5 years ago

      This is a well done grouping of water cycle resources all in one place.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Very useful resources for homeschooling or classroom teaching environmental studies

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      Wow, very well done. That is an amazing list of water cycle resources.

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      mortgage2 5 years ago

      Useful information, we have had rain for most of the year, so the water cycle is of interest.

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      Very constructive lens! Thanks for sharing your valuable information!

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      Lee 5 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Great lens - I don't really need to know too much detail about the water cycle, but for those that do - very informative.

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      Very interesting Squidoo for understanding the water cycle.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      nice lens, brings back memories! blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love like resources for my school.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love learning about water.

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      Jeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Good stuff. I'm doing a science unit on water with my kids and will definitely use some of these ideas.

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      Inthepresentati1 5 years ago

      I like these kinds of things as teaching aids.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

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      Excellent resource for homeschooling. Wonderful lens thank you.

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      wow intristing wannna try some more they give you good ideas

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      Nice lens!

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      This is a pretty cool lens!

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      This is great! I will show my kids. They'll love it :)

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      IQplusone 5 years ago

      My kids have found this really useful.

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      Great lens - thannsk for sharing

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Nice teaching tool.

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      MoniqueDesigns 5 years ago

      Great lens, I was looking for some water cycle resources.

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      MoniqueDesigns 5 years ago

      Great lens, I was looking for some water cycle resources.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your ranking. Excellent lens.

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      smilingwhiteangel 5 years ago

      I never thought of a water cycle can be depicted in such a beautiful subject. Really liked the song. I did karaoke. It was great.

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      Your lens is very attractive and interesting.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Excellent resource for some quality time with my 9 year old daughter. Thanks Lisa :)

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Terrific resource. I bet teachers would find it especially useful. Congratulations on Making the Best of Squidoo 2012 Earth Day Lenses. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured on the 2012 Earth Day Monster Board!

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      Nice job! What a great contribution to education!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Good content here! If everyone does their part to save water, we'll all reap the reward by having more water to go around! Love your lens!! Great job!

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great resource for homeschooling.



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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent, more South Africans need to use this.

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Excellent! I am always on the lookout for teaching resources to use with blind children. The print materials are usually unsuitable, but it looks like some of your videos would work. Thank you!

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Great resources! We'll use this when we study the water cycle again. Thank you for sharing! Blessed and liked.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Brilliant lens.. i have bookmarked and shared! Thank you!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I remember learning about precipitation and the water cycle in class. I think it'd be interesting to show how homes get their water and where it comes from.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      What a wonderful teaching tool and proof that you can make a page on very intelligent subjects. Blessed

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      Perfect Lens.

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      Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Great resources. I like graphic explanations of processes in nature and I found kids understand everything much better if it is supported with nice picture.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great idea to teach the water cycle.

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      AkaProfessorMike 6 years ago

      Because of waters great importance to Life on this planet, the need to take care of it is very imperative for all of us! Thanks for doing your part in presenting this lens.

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      I remember this First Picture of the Water Cycle from my school time.Great Lens

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      evitaa 6 years ago

      Awesome lens .I really like your daughter's drawing. Thumbs up,of course!

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      tcorbs 6 years ago

      Really nice lens. I wish I would have found this lens when my daughter was doing her science project about water.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Great suggestions for learning about the water cycle, an important subject - blessed.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Indeed, those resources about the water cycle are really helpful, even though I sometimes wonder why on Earth I'd save water... with the huuuuuuuuuuuge amount of water that's currently falling on our European heads, :D

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      rangiiria 6 years ago

      This is such an important topic. Thanks for this lens :)

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Thanks for a timely information. I was trying to explain this to my kids today and this helped a lot!

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      mellex lm 6 years ago from Australia

      Excellent resource!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How very cool Lisa, I love the Water Cycle Song and the turn brought back such a sweet memory. I finally remembered that it's the same tune as the Grandfather Clock song that Dad used to sing with us kids. Very nicely done! Now I have to see if I can remember that song...

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      You have wonderful resources here for teaching the water cycle. Love the drawing!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, aren't children wonderful at being motivated about saving our natural resources. This is excellent . . plenty of educators will really benefit from your inspiring lens. Thank you for sharing. Sincerely, Rose

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Good stuff! I just taught the water cycle last month. Wish I had seen this page then.

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      kismetsc 6 years ago

      I love educational articles for children. It is always wonderful to find new and fun ways to teach my child. Thanks!

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      +1! Great info on the water cycle and helpful links :)

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      It's a precious resource, no question in my mind about that and thank you for your informative lens.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens on an important topic.

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      pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

      This is a helpful lens. Good job.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very helpful resources and well explained.

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      ScientificHomes 6 years ago

      Nice work! Thanks for some great resources!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a great lens - I hope lots of parents are using it as a resource, because they should! Lensrolling to my H2Owater Gallery - for Water Lovers lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++. Nice Squid Lens. Chris

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      Yawapi LM 7 years ago

      excellent! I love teaching science to kids, will definitely use this.

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      noushki 7 years ago

      I will definitely be using these for teaching my daughter, thank you x

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      E L Seaton 7 years ago from Virginia

      It's a wonderful thing to see a lens about a subject that should be near and dear to us all but sooooo few seem to care bout, the H20 cycle. Outstanding lens!

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      dwnovacek 7 years ago

      Very useful and educational. Blessed by the Science neighborhood Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      blog rolling your water lens with mine and blessing you with squid angel :)

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      Great lens. We did water cycle last year in our homeschool.

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      Ruthi 7 years ago

      Great lens, Lisa! This would be a good learning tool.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I used to work for a Water Company and I Know the Importance of Water! I like this Lens, it so refreshing and knowlegeable!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very wonderful lens .. dear lovely Lisa. You've put very helpful resources for kids teaching about water cycle. Just like a step-by-step guidance and easily learning. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful times :)